Debbie is in the Oval with Jed. She hands him something to sign so that his 25th amendment letter can be retrieved from his personal archives. Jed: "They want me to step down again?" She tells him that it's being loaned out for an exhibit at the National Constitution Center. Jed: "I solve Middle East peace, fix Social Security, and they want the piece of paper I used to remove myself from office." Debbie points out that it's the National Constitution Center. Jed grumbles that the Smithsonian hasn't come calling. Debbie: "I'm sure they'll take a greater interest in you once you're dead." I always hope for Debbie to have a little more involvement in some actual plot, but as long as she continues to cut down Jed's ginormous ego, I won't complain too much. She also gives Jed the bios for the Medal of Arts winners for tomorrow night's gala. So tomorrow night -- that would be Saturday, right? (I've grown so dependent on subtitles I can't figure these things out for myself anymore). Oh no, wait, it must Friday. Debbie's heard a rumor that there's going to be a surprise musical guest at the gala: "I always loved Jerry Garcia." Jed: "If I'm not mistaken, he's unavailable." Debbie: "Hence the surprise."
C.J. and Kate enter the office. Kate asks Jed if he received a flag at the prayer breakfast. He recites a partial list of the gifts he received that morning. Kate is completely unamused, and she describes the flag to him. (The flower, by the way, is a chrysanthemum.) Jed tells them that he gave everything to his new body man, whose name he once again forgets. (Or, since this happening before the pre-credits scene, maybe we should drop the "once again" part.) Charlie is also in the room, and he tells C.J. that Curtis should have turned everything over to the Gifts Unit. At the Gifts Unit, "it's got to be tagged, catalogued, photographed, and appraised. It could be decades before you see that thing again." C.J. wants it sooner, so Charlie heads down to the Gifts Unit to retrieve the flag. Jed asks Kate and C.J. how serious the problem is. Kate thinks that China will want the flag returned publicly. She also thinks that they'll want a statement that the U.S. does not support Taiwanese independence, "and maybe tattoo 'There's only one China' on all our foreheads." Jed's not too keen on the tattoo idea. Kate heads out. Jed puts on his jacket, and he doesn't actually do a coat-flip. It's more of a sideways coat swing. I've been wondering if that was a deliberate attempt to let us see some of the symptoms of his MS episode. (Which is certainly how I've been taking his unfocused speech and mannerisms this week.) If so, nice work, Mr. Sheen. C.J. asks Jed if he wants to consult with the Secretary of State. He's not sure why he would. C.J.: "I just thought, if you were reconsidering our policy on Taiwan..." Jed doesn't know why C.J. would think that, and she points out that engaging in politics through a non-accidental accident is his style. But Jed insists that he just did not notice the flag in the midst of everything else he received. He asks her if they're done, and then leaves the office. It must suck to be Jed's Secretary of State -- ignored, excluded from major negotiations, and generally out of the loop. Kind of like being Colin Powell. Commercials.